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The Champaign Farmers Market is returning. Sarah Simeziane Market Manager joins us.
The Champaign Farmers’ Market returns Tuesday 5/16 with new hours (3:30-6:30) in the parking lot by Neil & Main (by Kofusion/Orpheum/Studio Helix). We’ll run every Tuesday (except July 4) through the end of October.
Our vendors offer fruit, vegetables, honey, baked goods, flowers, and other food or farm products grown, raised or produced within 150 miles of Champaign-Urbana. We also offer a few specialty items (fish, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar) that are not harvested in Illinois, but that still come from farmers and fisherman who follow our mission to support sustainable practices.
At the market we offer sampling of different products each week, as well as cooking demonstrations.
We offer a SNAP matching program, where shoppers who receive food assistance benefits can swipe their Link card in exchange for tokens to spend at the market, and we’ll match their purchases with additional vouchers for fruit and vegetables up to $20/week. On the second market of every month, we’ll also offer Triple Link Tuesday, where shoppers can receive up to $40 extra to spend at the Market (This is one of the most important features of the market that we want to convey, we saw a lot of growth in the program last year, and we’re hoping to see even more people take advantage of the program)
We’re offering a new monthly kids’ program this year on the last Tuesday of every month: Market Seedlings. We’ll offer special tastings, a cooking demonstration, and an art project for kids to make and take home.
The market is looking for volunteers to help, and we offer our Market Muscle program, where companies or organizations can “adopt” a market and help us out while reaching the community.
This Tuesday (5/9) we’re offering a special mini pop-up market at the entrance to the M2 building on Neil St. from 11:30-1:30. We’ll have fresh veggies and rhubarb from Sola Gratia Farm, baked goods from Pekara, plus flowers and honey from Old Town Flowers. You can learn more about what’s coming up this season and get some early season local goodies before the market starts on May 16.
I hope that’s not too much to cover.